the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko thanked Secretary Mike Pompeo in a visit to Minsk after a period of “different kind of misunderstanding” between the countries. The Belarusian leader said while meeting with Pompeo on Saturday, February 1. Expressing his gratitude, Lukashenko praised Pompeo for a chance to come to Minsk and to assess “what is here for the people, what people, what kind of dictatorship and democracy”.
In response, Pompeo said that the U.S. government does not put Minsk before choosing the political course of Moscow or Washington. But concerned about the situation of human rights. Pompeo also said that Washington would soon appoint its Ambassador to Belarus. Earlier it was reported that Belarus recalled its Ambassador Mikhail Khvastou from Washington in 2008 due to the introduction of US sanctions against several Belarusian companies. Then the U.S. chief of mission Karen Stewart left Minsk. Since then, the Embassy headed by a chargé d’affaires. In September 2019, the U.S. Undersecretary of state for political Affairs David Hale at a meeting in Minsk, Lukashenko said that Belarus and the United States is ready to return ambassadors.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is on a tour of the former republics of the Soviet Union. It will last until February 4, in the list of visits Belarus, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan.
At the meeting with Alexander Lukashenko Pompeo will discuss the commitment of the States sovereign, independent and prosperous Belarus. The parties also confirm the desire for the normalization of bilateral relations.
After the Belarusian capital Pompeo arrives at the Nur-Sultan and Tashkent, where he will meet with leadership of these countries.